Decoupage was really popular back in those days, and I made quite a few pieces, but as with most fads, it died out, and I really didn't think about it again until about 2 years ago. I was surfing one of my favorite sites, Hometalk, when I saw an arrangement of picture frames that had been covered in pieces of newsprint. They were so different; I loved the look. So I clicked in and read the article on how to make them. Much to my surprise, they were made with my old friend decoupage! I knew right then that I was going to make some frames just like the ones pictured. So I did......and I didn't stop there! Since then I have made all kind of projects.
Decoupage is simply cutting out paper and arranging the pieces on another flat surface, like a box or tray, and gluing them down and covering them with a sealant, numerous times, till you are back to a flat surface and it looks like the paper was always a part of the piece. In the picture on the right, I have cut out different sizes and shapes of news print and I arranged them on the box lid.
I glued them down, one by one. Below you can see what the finished box looks like and how it was paired with another and tied to make a pretty piece for a shelf or dresser.
For more ideas and further instruction on how to decoupage with smooth results, I found a great video on You Tube. It shows the best technique for decoupaging with paper and avoid bubbles and wrinkles.
How to Decoupage without Bubbles - a Video Tutorial
The term decoupage come from the French word decouper, which means “to cut out.” The original idea was thought to have come from East Siberia, where nomadic tribes decorated their tombs with shapes of felt they cut out of skins. However, the Chinese were the first to decoupage by using several kinds of paper cut outs.
Decoupage became popular in America in the early 19th century, but it was expert Hiram Manning that founded the techniques we use today and brought about the popularity that decoupage enjoyed in the 1970′s and 80′s. The National Guild of Decoupeurs was formed in 1972 and also had a part in putting decoupage on the creative map.
Decoupage has recently been making a comeback as a popular craft. It is used on many different objects such as rocks, slate, boxes, canvas and furniture.
There are so many items you can decoupage, but boxes are some of my favorites, and Amazon has so many different types and shapes. If you want to have a look at their great selection, click below:
Paper Mache Boxes
Upcycle Vitamin Bottles with Decoupage and Make Them Pretty!
How to Made Decoupage Gift Bags
How to Make Decoupage Organizers from Cardboard Boxes